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Classroom Activities for Teaching Sedimentary Geology

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Pre-assessment: Gauging students' preparedness for Sedimentary Geology part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Larry Lemke, Wayne State University
This activity presents a process for assessing (1) students' educational background and field experience related to sedimentary geology, and (2) students' familiarity with selected concepts and ...

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Sediments and the Global Carbon Cycle part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Lonnie Leithold, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
This is a series of exercises designed to introduce undergraduate students to the role of sediments and sedimentary rocks in the global carbon cycle and the use of stable carbon isotopes to reconstruct ancient ...

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Deriving bedform phase diagrams part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Tom Hickson, University of St. Thomas (MN)
Students derive bedform phase diagrams from Middleton and Southard (1984) by plotting the original data (stolen using DataThief software from the publication) in Excel and defining bedform field boundaries. These ...

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Using Real Data from Ice Cores and Salt Cores to Interpret Paleoclimate part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Kathy Benison, Central Michigan University
The goals of this project are to engage sedimentary geology students in critical thinking about global warming. I present information about how ice cores and halite cores record past temperature data. Then, ...

Cementation and Neomorphism: Incorporating the Basics of Diagenesis into Any Sedimentary Geology Course part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Kathy Benison, Central Michigan University
Diagenesis is an important sedimentary process and undergraduate students greatly benefit from learning how to recognize and interpret common diagenetic features. This can be accomplished with a two to three week ...

Turbidite vs. Debris Flow: A Class Debate on Deep Water Depositional Systems part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Bosiljka Glumac, Smith College
Debates are a powerful tool for learning and active involvement of students: instead of listening to a lecture on deep water depositional systems the students examine primary literature and debate controversial ...

Sedimentation and Tectonics: Geologic History of the Appalachian Basin part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Bosiljka Glumac, Smith College
This culminating mini-project challenges students to utilize all the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the semester, thus effectively reviewing and summarizing many key concepts linking sedimentation and ...

Demystifying the Equations of Sedimentary Geology part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Larry Lemke, Wayne State University
This activity includes three strategies to help students develop a deeper comfort level and stronger intuitive sense for understanding mathematical expressions commonly encountered in sedimentary geology. Each can ...

Subsurface sequence stratigraphic correlation using well logs part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
M. Royhan Gani, University of New Orleans
Subsurface well logs (gamma and resistivity) are used to construct a cross section based on sequence stratigraphic principles. In this assignment, students will learn how to correlate well logs applying basic ...

Visualizing the Shields Parameter part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Tom Hickson, University of St. Thomas (MN)
The Shields parameter is a fundamental dimensionless variable that embodies the complex factors that interact to initiate motion on a sediment bed. Many students have trouble grasping this (and most other) ...

Using a Flume to Demonstrate Fluid Properties and Sediment Transport part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Jill Singer, Buffalo State - SUNY
A laboratory recirculating flume offers ideal opportunities for conducting demonstrations designed to help students observe and understand a variety of fluid properties and the basics of sediment entrainment and ...

Moraine Sediments part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology 2014:Activities
Lisa Tranel, Illinois State University
In this assignment students look at the provenance of glacial sediments and the size and shape of clasts to investigate the sources of moraine material and what happens as glaciers transport sediment. Students ...

Constraining sediment source geology and exhumation through conglomerate modeling and lag time part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Barbara Carrapa, University of Wyoming
This assignment is part of the Tectonics and Sedimentation course (graduate to post graduate level) and is aimed at this enhancing students' capability of independently assessing complex scientific issues.

Understanding and Applying the Exner Equation part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Chris Paola, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
The Exner equation lends itself readily to visualization and physical examples; it is far more important in quantitative sedimentary geology than the usual topics from fluid mechanics that are included in ...

Estimation in Sedimentary Geology: Getting Students Comfortable with Rough Calculation of Rates and Magnitudes part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Chris Paola, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
The theme of this module is that the most important quantitative skill in sedimentary geology is not complex mathematics but rather a habit of approximate but accurate quantitative thinking. The most useful tool is ...

Red rock and concretion models from Earth to Mars: Teaching diagenesis part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Margie Chan, University of Utah
This activity teaches students concepts of terrestrial diagenesis (cementation, fluid flow, porosity and permeability, concretions) and encourages them to apply those concepts to new or unknown settings, including ...